[24hoursupport] Internet Explorer Selection Annoyance

  • From: chizotz@xxxxxxxxx
  • To: 24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 28 May 2004 18:55:54 +0000

OK, here is something I'm really, really getting tired of.

When I try to select characters on a web page to copy and paste into another 
document, in Internet Explorer the selection simply refuses to select only the 
characters I want to select. For example, I'm working with Regular Expressions 
and want to copy and paste portions of examples from the web into my code 
editor to test them. So if I see the following snippet:

(19|20)\d\d[- /.](0[1-9]|1[012])[- /.](0[1-9]|[12][0-9]|3[01])

and want to select only the section (0[1-9]|1[012]), Internet Explorer 
absolutely insists that I want to _really_ select .](0[1-9]|1[012])

It would be even happier if I selected .](0[1-9]|1[012])[- but I can make it 
let me omit the last two characters. Or if I select from right to left, I can 
omit the first two characters, but then IE insists I want the extra [- at the 

I know exactly what I want to select and that aint it. I don't see a way to 
turn this very, very annoying "feature" off. Am I just missing it?

By the way, that code snippet is for date validation. Not that it's important 
to the question :)



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